In the age of political correctness, "gender binary holidays" like Mother's Day and Father's Day are sure to go the way of the VHS tape and New Coke. In fact, Albert McMahon Elementary School in Mission, British Columbia already nixed the popular Mother's Day celebration this year, citing an unspecified trauma that occurred in the school family and an effort to "celebrate diversity." Pittsburgh's Action 4 News reports:
As their students entered Mother's Day and Father's Day season, the elementary school's first and second grade teachers and staff decided to eliminate the holidays' crafts in class, encouraging students, instead, to celebrate at home.
In a note sent home to parents, the school wrote that their removal of Mother's and Father's Day activities from the classroom was a reflection of their "core values" and a means "to celebrate diversity, inclusivity and also nurture our students are are part of non-traditional families."
Some parents were furious at this development, even though the Mission Public School District Superintendent Angus Wilson insisted this was not part of "some political plan." One upset parent, Roy Glebe, posted the note sent from the school on his Facebook page, with this comment, "This will be the first year that we don't get gifts crafted with love from our kids, and since we only have one little one now it makes it all that much worse. You can't celebrate your Mom and Dad?"
Of course, people debated the school's decision under his post.
"Why do we want so many kids these days to have to wade through their emotions in front of classmates in order to make 'Mom' or 'Dad' feel good?" one woman said, referring to the fact that some children's parents have passed away, gotten divorced, or other complicated scenarios. However, most people thought this was going way too far. "I truly hope this policy does not get upheld for fear it may spread through all school districts," one person wrote. Another said, "Traditional families should have a voice too not just the 'non traditional' ones. It's going too far. And even one person with a less-than-ideal childhood spoke up, by writing, "As a child who didn't have a dad, I always made father's day gifts for my grandfather or uncles."
Where will it stop? No holiday can survive the intense scrutiny of political correctness -- not St. Valentine's Day, not St. Patrick, and certainly not Christmas. (There's a reason they call them "holy days" or "holidays.") Refusing to celebrate holidays with religious origins is problematic enough. Getting rid of the gender-specific ones as well is really a bit much.
Image Credit: Seymour Johnson and Facebook/Roy Glebe